Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

performed by LOIS WEAVER and PEGGY SHAW
Dowling Studio

Back by popular demand

From the groundbreaking, gender-bending Split Britches theater company comes a political satire that explores aging, anxiety and “doomsday” theory through conversation and collaboration with an array of elders and artists. Named after the buried or forgotten munitions of war known as UXOs, this unique production combines darkly playful Dr. Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring new protocol for public discussion — the Situation Room. As the performers contemplate where UXOs are located, how much energy they contain and what would happen if they were uncovered, they suggest that this potentially dangerous ammo may also be a metaphor for our unexplored desires. 

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Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver discussed their process and how their production evolves with the audience. 

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Founded in New York City in 1980 by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin, Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver. The pioneering theater company is known for its innovative and groundbreaking work in establishing the feminist and queer theater movement in the United States and its work with the theatrical form, often mixing a variety of theatrical traditions and styles as it explores the connections between gender roles, class, feminism and homosexuality against a background of American political and literary myth-making.

About the festival 

Get Used To It: A Celebration of Queer Artistry

In the early 1990s, a bold slogan united the gay community and simultaneously demanded acceptance: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” This winter, the Guthrie is proud to celebrate queer voices from around the globe with three acclaimed pieces that buoyantly and passionately challenge traditional notions of gender and sexuality. Presented as part of the Level Nine Series, this trio of performances (Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), Lashed But Not Leashed and Hi, Are You Single?) and two free Happenings will share an illuminating view of the world through an unapologetic queer lens.  

The Guthrie’s Level Nine Series is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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